Welcome to my “Recommended” series of posts. These will be weekly – for now – posts about resources and sites I have found over the past while that I found so excellent, I want to share them with you, my dear readers. 🙂 Whether or not I continue to post these, and how often they are posted, will depend on feedback. Please feel free to comment below, and if you have a favorite resource of your own, do share, and I will review them for possible future posts.
I hope you find these recommendations as useful and enjoyable as I have!
Okay, so I totally forgot to make a Recommended post last week! I also forgot yesterday was Wednesday. 😀 My apologies!
Today’s post, however, is the last one I’ve got in my queue! If you have a resource site or video channel you would like to see a Recommended post for, please let me know in the comments with a link, and I’ll check it out.
In today’s post, I present to you a guy who is going all out with off grid self sufficiency! Kris Harbour Natural Building.
This channel has been around since 2015, and wow! He’s got so much going on here! This is someone who left behind life in London to live off a plot of the land in Wales, and has accomplished some pretty amazing things in the process!
I first found the YouTube channel while doing searches for ideas on what to do with the wood from the trees we had cut away from the roof and power lines. With the sizes of some of the pieces, I had started to think of carving wooden bowls. I was specifically looking for videos on how to do it without power tools. I found this.
At about 2 minutes in, you can see him start to mark out an oval shape using a string. That’s actually where I got the idea on how to mark out the curved, overlapping rows we planted the sunflowers in. I thought it was an ingenious way to mark out a smooth curve.
Then I discovered he lives in a cordwood round house. You can see a tour of it, here, as well as some typical morning chores!
Yes, he’s got running hot and cold water, electricity (wind, hydro and solar!) and internet.
He’s also got a playlist of 41 videos, showing how it was built.
Literally from the ground up.
He’s also built an earth bag workshop.
There are 52 videos in total, spanning 2 years, documenting the build for that!
Want to know how to build a hydroelectric system? He’s got you covered.
How about musical instruments?
Wanna see how to build a harp?
Maybe you’re more into the fibre arts. How about a battery powered carding machine?
Do you live near the ocean? Feeling hungry? How about some coastal foraging?
How about making cider and apple juice?
Build a primitive lime kiln?
Refurbish antique chisels?
It’s all there.
Granted, most of the videos are about the big stuff; the building projects, water, electricity, and infrastructure. As those get done and he works towards increased self sufficiency, the scope of the videos will naturally change. I really appreciate that he’s making all these videos, so anyone can follow along with what he is doing, and perhaps adapt things for their own uses.
I highly recommend checking out his videos, and subscribing to the channel. It’s awesome!
Thank you for checking out my Recommended series of posts. I hope you enjoyed these resources as much as I have! While I will no longer be posting weekly, I will still be keeping an eye out for great resources to recommend in the future, and do feel free to pass on your own favorites in the comments!